The Wild will have a new coach when the season begins in late April.
They’ve already hired the NHL’s first head coach in Mark Letestu, who will serve as assistant coach to Wild owner Craig Leipold.
They also have the league’s first GM in Craig MacTavish, who is expected to take over for the Wild from David Poile when he retires after the 2017-18 season.
MacTazish also has experience as a head coach, having spent three seasons as head coach of the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he’s coached in the NHL from 2001 to 2010.
So far, he’s done an impressive job with the Wild.
He guided the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, and they won it in his first season in Minnesota.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to have a very successful organization,” MacTas said in a statement.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Wild and am looking forward to working with my new colleagues.”
MacTash will oversee the team’s hockey operations and play-by-play department, which is expected for the first time under MacTava.
MacTs hiring is the latest in a long line of Wild head coaching openings.
Former Wild head coach Dave Tippett and his staff left the organization in 2017, and the team hired Tom Renney in February.
And the Wild hired John Torchetti as the team coach in 2018, who had been with the team for 15 years.
“This is a great opportunity for us to continue our journey as a hockey franchise,” Mactavish said in the statement.
The Wild finished the regular season 11-15-3, but the Wild earned the second-best record in the Eastern Conference with 91 points.
“The Wild have been a team that has shown a willingness to compete and to make big changes to the way they play, but it was a new season for the organization, the players and coaches and a lot of new faces,” MacTs assistant general manager Mike Yeo said in his statement.
MacTab said in an interview with the Associated Press that the Wild will look to build a winning culture and bring in talent to bolster a roster that includes six rookies, four of whom are rookies.
“Our goal is to create a culture where the players are going to have to learn a lot from each other,” MacTab told the AP.
“They’ll have to get better, and we’ll be able to win more games and be more successful.”